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2712, 2010

Captain Cranky is fan dabi dozi for England

By | December 27th, 2010|Categories: News|Tags: |1 Comment

The phrase ‘a bulldog chewing a wasp’ was made for Ricky Ponting. As England piled on the runs yesterday, the Aussie skipper was not a happy man. The metaphorical raincloud appeared above his head, he chewed his gum at an increasingly frenetic rate, and his outrageous dissent after lunch (when the third umpire refused to give Kevin Pietersen out caught [...]

2712, 2010

Day two at Melbourne

By | December 27th, 2010|Categories: News|3 Comments

Let’s wait for a couple of days until we gloat properly at the meltdown of the Australian cricket team. There is a match to be won first. It strikes us, watching from afar, that when Trott and Prior resume tomorrow morning, they need to be ruthless, and also to remember that there are three full days left in this test [...]

2612, 2010

Day one at Melbourne

By | December 26th, 2010|Categories: News|0 Comments

Yes, that actually happened. You weren't dreaming. Nor was it a hallucination brought on by a surfeit of egg-nog and brandy butter. We really did bowl out Australia for 98 - their lowest total against us since 1967. If you add in our flawless reply with the bat, today's play was the perfect Christmas present for all us England supporters [...]

2412, 2010

All we want for Christmas is u-rn

By | December 24th, 2010|Categories: News|0 Comments

Dear Father Christmas, On behalf of England supporters everywhere, here's our wish-list for the festive season. - Twelve Punter tantrums. - Eleven failing Aussies. - Ten Siddles sledging. - Nine Prior stumpings. - Eight Maidens from Finn. - Seven Swanns at Sydney. - Six drops by Haddin. - Five (Australian) golden ducks. - Four Colly tons. - Three Hussey runs [...]

2312, 2010

Unnecessary sledging is a slippery slope

By | December 23rd, 2010|Categories: News|Tags: , , |6 Comments

Much has been made of Jimmy Anderson’s verbal confrontations with the Aussies during the first three tests. Stuart Clark, who I admit is not my favourite person, even suggested that Anderson had become Australia’s ‘twelfth man’; his logic was that Jimmy’s sledging irked the Australians and motivated them to play so well at Perth. Clark was of course talking balderdash – [...]

2212, 2010

It’s about the batting, stupid

By | December 22nd, 2010|Categories: News|2 Comments

Every time England suffer a calamitous batting performance, they respond by dropping a bowler. It’s almost an instinctive reaction, to blame any defeat on the foot soldiers. Perhaps it’s a last vestige of the old ‘upstairs downstairs’ attitude of separating the officer class (the batsmen) from the cannon-fodder (the leather chuckers). Everyone seems to agree that Finn is knackered and [...]

2112, 2010

Australia’s hopes for a green MCG pitch highlights their frailties

By | December 21st, 2010|Categories: News|3 Comments

During the early nineties, England’s bowling attack was so innocuous that we could only win on green Headingley wickets. Having seen the likes of Neil Foster, Alan Igglesden and Neil Mallender flayed to all corners of Lords and Edgbaston etc, Ted Dexter would make his annual phone call to Yorkshire to beg the Leeds groundsman to water the pitch, leave plenty of [...]

2012, 2010

Should England go with Fatty or Finny?

By | December 20th, 2010|Categories: News|8 Comments

Poor Steve Finn had a bit of a lean spell at the WACA – so much so that Flower and Strauss are weighing up whether to plum for (or should that be ‘plump’ for) Tim Bresnan. It would be tough on Finn, who is the leading wicket taker in the series so far, but there’s no question he’s been leaking [...]

2012, 2010

Ten questions for England

By | December 20th, 2010|Categories: News|1 Comment

1. How psychologically damaging were the Perth batting collapses? It will be a miracle if none of our top six now doubt their ability to perform against Johnson and Harris. Comparisons are being made with the Oval 2009, where we bounced back after the rout at Headingley. But our first innings score in that match was a fairly modest 332 [...]

1912, 2010

Congratulations, Sachin

By | December 19th, 2010|Categories: News|2 Comments

Here's something to take your mind off the horrors of Perth for a moment. Sachin Tendulkar today recorded his fiftieth test century - not that it's likely to prevent India's impending defeat to South Africa at Centurion. What an extraordinary achievement. Can it ever be beaten? And without taking anything away from Sachin's brilliance, would he have scored quite so many centuries [...]

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